Friday, February 23, 2018 | ePaper

Park Geun-hye

Ex-South Korean president charged in corruption probe

  • Print


BBC Online :
Ousted South Korean president Park Geun-hye has been formally charged in a corruption scandal that led to her impeachment.
Prosecutors say the charges she faces include bribery, coercion, abuse of power and leaking state secrets.
The 65-year-old, who is in custody, is accused of allowing close friend Choi Soon-sil to extort money from companies in return for political favours. Both women deny the charges. Ms Park was removed from office last month. She lost her presidential immunity and was dismissed from her post when the constitutional court upheld a decision by parliament in December to impeach her.
Ms Choi is accused of using her presidential connections to put pressure on companies to give millions of dollars in donations to non-profit foundations she controlled.
Ms Park is alleged to have been personally involved in this, and to have given Ms Choi unacceptable levels of access to official documents.
Those companies include the country's largest group, Samsung. Its acting head Lee Jae-yong and Ms Choi are in the same detention centre as Ms Park awaiting trial.

More News For this Category

Leaked paper says Britain may want longer Brexit transition

Leaked paper says Britain may want longer Brexit transition

AFP, London :Britain on Wednesday raised doubts about an EU-proposed deadline of December 31, 2020, for ending a post-Brexit transition period allowing time for the two sides to strike

Merkel calls for Europe to step up to global challenges

Merkel calls for Europe to step up to global challenges

Reuters, Berlin  :The European Union must develop a response to growing global political and economic pressures and this will be the spirit of an EU summit this week, German

Pakistan to get first Hindu woman senator

Pakistan to get first Hindu woman senator

PTI, Lahore :Krishna Kumari Kohli from Thar in Pakistan's Sindh province will become the first-ever Hindu woman Senator in the Muslim-majority country, the Pakistan People's Party said today.The Election

Trump's first year sparks surge in hate groups across US

Trump's first year sparks surge in hate groups across US

AFP, Washington :The number of hate groups across the United States surged during the first year of Donald Trump's presidency, echoing his often incendiary stances on race, according to

News In Brief

Nepal's CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist mergePTI, KathmanduNepal's two main Communist parties CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre have struck a historic merger deal and formed the country's biggest political bloc after their

Strikes hit Syria's Ghouta for fifth day as death toll rises to 335

Strikes hit Syria's Ghouta for fifth day as death toll rises to 335

Reuters, Amman :Warplanes pounded the last rebel enclave near the Syrian capital for a fifth straight day on Thursday, as the United Nations pleaded for a halt to one

Trump backs improved background checks on gun buys

Trump backs improved background checks on gun buys

US President Donald Trump signaled support Monday for improving background gun checks amid mounting pressure for reform in the wake of the Florida school shooting, as the accused gunman appeared

Nepal wants to deepen ties with China: K P Oli

Nepal wants to deepen ties with China: K P Oli

PTI, Kathmandu : Nepal's new Prime Minister K P Oli has said he wants to deepen ties with China to explore more options and get more leverage in his dealings with

Maldives President seeks approval to extend state of emergency

Maldives President seeks approval to extend state of emergency

Reuters, Male :Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday sought parliamentary approval to extend a state of emergency by 30 days, saying a threat to national security had not diminished and

Iran teams find wreckage of plane in Zagros mountains

Iran teams find wreckage of plane in Zagros mountains

AFP, Tehran, Iran :Iranian search teams found the wreckage on Tuesday of a plane that went missing in the Zagros mountains two days earlier with 66 people on board, a